Hendley Hard Goods
Santa Rosa, CA
A few years ago, a house that Gwen’s grandfather built had burned down. After salvaging a few planks of wood from the fire, she felt like she was able to rescue a piece of him. Using the planks, she taught herself woodcraft with the goal of showcasing wood’s natural beauty and form. She thinks a subtle and beautiful reminder of where the wood came from is important – it gives us an opportunity to reflect and give thanks. Hendley is about memories, making mundane things in a little house in the town she was born in. The idea of a mundane thing like a cutting board being a cherished heirloom piece drives Hendley Hard Goods – the goal is to create something that will last many lifetimes if used, loved, and taken care of. All of her pieces are made with found or salvaged wood, so each piece is unlike another. All are treated with non-toxic, food-safe oil and beeswax.